Activity Overview

Another great way to engage your students by creating a storyboard that uses Shakespearean vocabulary. Many students struggle with common Shakespearean words. Getting students to use them in context before reading is an excellent way to cultivate vocabulary comprehension. In the example below, students created storyboards using standard Shakespearean terms.

In a Shakespearean vocabulary board, students can use the words in a sentence they create, or they can pick a phrase from the play. In the example storyboard, the student has chosen to create their sentences for their words:

  • Marry - Indeed:

    "Then they asked me if that was the word of the Prince, and I replied, 'It was marry!'"

  • Pray - To hope:

    "I pray the nurse comes quickly with good news!"

  • Sauce - Sassy:

    "The saucy porter wouldn't let me in without a password."

  • Thou - You (used for one person who is the subject of a sentence):

    "If thou hast a cold come see me... the friendly apothecary!"

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a spider map storyboard for Shakespearean vocabulary words and phrases.

  1. Identify unfamiliar words or phrases that Shakespeare uses.
  2. Type each into the title boxes.
  3. Briefly describe the meaning of the word in the description box.
  4. Create a standalone comic in each cell that has the word in a sentence in a speech or thought bubble.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-10

Difficulty Level 1 (Introducing / Reinforcing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary Boards

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/9-10/6] Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grades 9–10 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/9-10/3] Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/9-10/5] Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Shakespearean Vocabulary Rubric Template
Define, illustrate, and give an example sentence for Shakespearean vocabulary
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Word meanings are clear and correct.
Word meanings are mostly correct, but some are unclear or incorrect.
Most word meanings are unclear or incorrect.
Vocabulary words are used correctly in the example sentences in both meaning and context.
Most words are used correctly, but some of the vocabulary words are used awkwardly or in the wrong context.
Most vocabulary words are not used correctly in the example sentences.
Comic Visualization
Storyboard cell clearly illustrates the meaning of the vocabulary word.
The storyboard cell relates to the meaning of the vocabulary word, but is difficult to understand.
The storyboard cell does not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary word.

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